November 01, 2021

Creating A Disciple Making-Coaching Culture
You want to see people accept the Lordship of Christ and be transformed by the love of God. Disciple making is your heart and you work at it faithfully, but you aren’t seeing results. Fusing disciple making and coaching into your ministry.

Written By CCT Team

Robert E Logan and Gary Reinecke Christian Coaching Tools Co-Founders.

When Gallup announced that, for the first time in history, less than half of Americans belong to a religious organization (March, 2020), you may have felt a little affirmed. Our culture has changed. It’s not just you—disciple making is officially an uphill battle! 

We Need a New Normal

With stats like that it is clear that the evangelism and discipleship strategies of the past—or even today—are not working. 

Normally, I see leaders focus their ministry on disciple making or coaching. Disciple making alone can become linear and the outward focus, while essential to ministry, can neglect personal callings and growth. Coaching alone can result in an inward ministry focus that neglects the Great Commission. Together, however, they provide a balanced ministry. Fusing disciple making and coaching is a recipe for multiplication, effectively growing the Church and the people that make up the Church. For this reason, Christian Coaching Tools is committed to creating disciple making coaching cultures. 

Disciple Making Coaching Fusion

I (Gary) recently led a two-pronged training process combining Disciple Making Movements (DMM) with coaching in the Philippines, India, Turkey, Hong Kong, Spain, and the US,.  Each event lasted 5 days with the morning dedicated to DMM and afternoons focused on coach training.  Participants were forced to live in the tension of learning the technical side of DMM utilizing Discovery Bible Studies (DBS) in combination with the relational side of coaching.

Why this approach?  

In talking to other organizations that have implemented DMM training, each and every group has said they should have taught coaching principles in coordination with DMM. 

Coaching skills are critical to successful multiplication of disciples. Why? Simply put, great coaches help people feel seen and heard. Coaching meets individuals where they are at, considers their circumstances and helps them discern the next best step for them, and encourages them as they take those steps. It is a powerful process for empowerment to living into God-given purpose.

Directive Coaching for Disciple Making

Typically, I present coaching as a non-directive process; however, in this training approach the “content” is assumed to be the Bible in the context of a DBS.  Further, when a person is ready to reproduce a DBS into the second and third generation, the focus of the coaching relationship shifts to leader development.  Through this process, churches are planted with coaching embedded in the DNA.

disciple making coaching culture keys

3 Keys to Fusing Disciple Making and Coaching

Here are three lessons I’ve learned while working to create disciple making – coaching cultures:

1. Synergy:

Utilize practitioners from each discipline to maximize the strengths of both systems. Allow opportunities for each discipline to demonstrate their strengths and weaknesses.  Build on the similarities. 

2. Progression

Explain how the two disciplines are distinct, then show how they complement one another.  Build-in a coach approach from the beginning and reproduction will happen organically. Growth by addition will get you started but growth through reproduction grows exponentially.

3. Structural Tension: 

Allow participants to live in the tension of making disciples AND coaching leaders to reproduce. The goal is to build appreciation for both worlds and highlight how they offer a more complete and effective ministry when they work in cooperation.  Lean into the tension and go slow at first so you can grow faster, later.

That was a great coaching moment!

Most coaching assumes a formalized coaching relationship with a beginning, a middle, and an end, with clear goals to be accomplished along the way. However, you can also use your coaching skills in less formal ways– just as a way of relating and interacting. Think of it as a “coaching moment” instead of a “coaching relationship.”

Steps to Help You Make Decisions with God

You’ve got a big decision to make. When you make a decision based on the human intellect alone you might come away with a “good decision”; in contrast, when you consider God’s perspective on a matter you engage the spiritual dimension. This will lead you  down the path of prayerful decision making.

Can you find coaching in the Bible?

If you are trying to help others understand the biblical basis for coaching, here are two key scripture passages to help.

9 Ways Coaching Aligns with Biblical Principles

You may be wondering if coaching is biblical. The Bible never commands us to coach. In fact, the word coach is never used. So why coach? Should we even coach? Here are 9 ways coaching aligns with biblical principles.

The #1 Secret to Raising Self-Led Adults

You want your kids to become self-led adults. People who make good decisions, live into their gifts and talents, and contribute to their communities. The teen years are when the rubber hits the road. 

Purpose-filled Conversations with Your Teens

Conversations with your teens can feel one-sided. There are a lot of grunts and minute head nods, or if you’re lucky–one word answers. But this is a time in their development where they make important decisions that have lasting consequences. So, how do you move past casual chats to more meaningful and purpose-filled conversations with your teens? 

Coaching your kids

Translating your coaching skills to support your parenting will help you raise kids who have a clear understanding of who they are and have a solid framework for making good decisions. 

5 signs that you could be a better coach

You’ve been coaching for a while now. You may have even completed coach certification; but you feel there is something more… Are you coaching at your optimal level or could you be a better coach? How do you really know how well you’re doing? 

5 Steps to Clarify Your Values

Having trouble moving forward in your ministry goals? What about those you serve? If you are struggling to fill seats and find volunteers the issue may not be WHAT you are doing but a disconnect from the WHY.

Learning to trust your coach and your team

Are you at the top of your game? Even if you are, are you ready for what’s next? So many gifted and purposed pastors burn out because they are playing a solo game. Learning how to work with your team raises your effectiveness and reach in ministry.